I received one of those " Living in Brisbane" leaflets through my door and I always find them useful to read right the way through whether it is to find out about community activities or tell you how to recycle and where.
This edition is brimming with great opportunities and activities but it also has an item called- be prepared for storm season.We live in this sub tropical paradise, but it does occasionally turn ugly and the trouble is when the sun shines it is difficult to think that anything can go wrong. So Brisbane City Council does something very sensible and it reminds us constantly that we have to be prepared and alert for the storm season to minimise their impact and damage.
What you can do to make sure you are storm ready ?
Set aside a Saturday morning and get it all ticked off : Register for early warning alerts Check your flood risk Clear Gutters Cut back overhanging trees
On a more practical level check that in the house you have :
a portable battery operated radio and torch with fresh or spare batteries and bulb
a list of Brisbane radio stations for emergency information
candles with waterproof matches or a gas lantern
reasonable stocks of fresh water and tinned or dried food
a first aid kit and basic first aid knowledge
good supplies of essential medication
strong shoes and rubber gloves
a waterproof bag for clothing and valuables – put valuables and certificates in the bag and put the bag in a safe place
a list of your emergency contact numbers
a car charger for your mobile phone
This got me thinking about cyclones and typhoons and hurricanes and I realised that I knew nothing about them.A little bit of research revealed that there is really no significant difference between these three named weather systems. They are actually named mainly because of where they occur in the world.This map, taken from the web, shows it clearly.
So basically in North America the weather systems are called Hurricanes. In the western Pacific and in Asia they are called Typhoons and in the Southern hemisphere and the Indian Ocean they are mainly referred to as Tropical Cyclones.
They are accumulations of air that centre around an area of low pressure, bringing high speed winds, heavy rain and thunder storms.The circulation of warm moist air takes on a circular motion due to the Earth's rotation, rotating clockwise in the Southern hemisphere and anti-clockwise in the northern hemisphere.They are given alternate male or female names found on a list which is kept at the World Meteorological Office.They used to be named only with female names until this was considered to be a little biased.
So now you can safely go out there knowing that there is no difference between the three but are you prepared for the one that might come your way, whatever it may be called ?